There are several different forms of Walking, namely, Road, Fun, Vasbyt \ Endurance Walks, Charity, Track Races and the most important – League Races and you will generally find a contingent of Spartan Harriers Walkers at any of these events, viz
These are normal road races where walkers are welcome providing they can finish in the cut-off time, eg. Two Oceans, Cape Town Marathon, Peninsula Half & Marathon
These are shorter distances and are normally held in conjunction with the road race
Vasbyt \ Endurance
These races are over 2 days with teams of 6 competing and distance’s range from 70km upwards
The races are normally organised by charity or nature conservation organisations. The entry charges go to the charity or nature conservation, eg Blisters for Bread
Track & Field
Athletes compete on a track or any other certified flat road in laps of 400m (track) or maximum 2.5km (road). Distances raced are 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, 10,000m and 20,000m with the last 2 also being held on an officially sanctioned road with laps up to 2,5km. Athletes in these events can also compete to obtain Provincial or National Colours.
These are held in conjunction with normal road races’ but where walking only is allowed. Points are earned individually and for your club with the highest point’s winner in the men and ladies section being crowned the winner.
Why should I walk?
The Heart Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week. Walking is a great way to stay fit as it requires minimal equipment, does not have the same impact stresses as running, and you can talk to your partner while you’re walking. Walking has been shown to:
- Reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes
- Help control your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improve your self esteem and help you relax, and
- Keep your weight down.
You can walk as fast or slow as you wish. No matter whether you’re a race or fitness walker, walking fast uses your arms vigorously, giving you a full body work-out.
For more information on joining the walkers team, contact us, and we will get you started on the right track.
Read our Beginners Info Booklet